Rural Villages To Get Faster Broadband

16 August 2011, 16:24

Millions of Britains living in remote towns and villages will soon be getting faster broadband thanks to a £365million investment by the government.

The fund will mean 90% of hard-to-reach communities with frustratingly slow internet speeds could have access to superfast broadband by 2015.

Bedfordshire's received £1,060,000, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes has £2,100,000 and Northamptonshire's been given a bigger pot of £4,080,000.

£31.3million has gone to Devon and Somerset, making it the area that's received the most amount of funds, in contrast London has received nothing.

It's now up to local authorities and residents to decide how and where the money should be spent.

Tim Barnsclay, from the Country Land and Business Association, who's been campaigning for better broadband for 8 years, says it's great news for Northamptonshire ''There are lots of people commuting into London leaving it a bit of a ghost-town in some areas and I think what is needed is more businesses coming back to this county so rural economy can then be given a chance to contribute to the whole of the UK.''

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